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Bundesliga is Back, Headlines, Soccertown USA



The Bundesliga is back and so is The Sons of a Pitch: An American Soccer Podcast. We bring you the latest coverage of the Americans in the German league, including recaps of

  • Weston McKennie, the best of a bad Schalke.
  • Tyler Adams, he didn’t screw up!
  • John Brooks, one horrendous play amid a great game.
  • Josh Sargent, yes, he actually did get subbed in.

We also cover headlines from around the American soccer landscape, including DaMarcus Beasley starting a USL club in his hometown of Ft. Wayne, Indiana. Check out the following articles to keep up to date:

In the 2H of the show, we review the documentary Soccertown USA, chronicling the rise of USMNT legends Tab Ramos, John Harkes, and Tony Meola. Check out the Soccertown USA documentary, support Soccertown Media, and learn about the development of modern American soccer!

We also discuss the new elite player development platform forming across the county. Comprised of MLS and elite clubs, this 95 member organization is still growing, and intends to cast a wide net to identify and develop the next generations of start players and coaches. Mike’s a little skeptical on its quick formation at the demise of the US Development Academy, but Nick doesn’t care so long it works!

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Going FullMingo with Jason Klein, Responding to Rooney



Hey, soccer fans! We go Full Mingo tonight as we welcome Jason Klein from Forward Madison FC. Tune in as their Digital Content Manager gives us the inside scoop of the Chicago Fire’s newest affiliate in USL League 1. You don’t want to miss out on learning all about Madison’s professional soccer team, including their cow mascot Lionela Bessi, and hearing the origin story of the Astonishingly Shiny Cup of All Cups.

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In the 2nd half, Nick and Mike respond to Wayne Rooney’s criticism of MLS owner’s exploiting the trade structure to the detriment of American players. Is Rooney just “out of town stupid” or does he make a good point? Is he speaking from a position of privilege or is he trying to grow the game in the US? Tune in for our takes. The full interview can be found here.

The hosts conclude with their thoughts on Atlas and Santos pushing for a unified Liga MX and MLS super league. Both Nick and Mike agree that Liga MX is looking for a way to save their league, and MLS would be stupid to allow another league to siphon off fans, viewers, and dollars. But is the allure of a North American Superleague too great?

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Sunny Days with the Fair Weather Podcast



Greetings, soccer fans! In this week’s episode Nick and Mike sit down with Marisa and Alan of the Fair Weather Podcast. We learn all about the San Diego Loyal of the USL Championship and the soccer community in the fair weather city of San Diego. Nick, Mike, Alan, and Marisa also talk podcasting, Premier League loyalties, and share soccer stories from around USL and MLS. Tune in for all this and more in tonight’s episode!

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A Brief History of the MLS SuperDraft



Welcome back, soccer fans, and Happy New Year!

With Mike out sick, Nick wanted to take a little time to talk about the history of the Major League Soccer (MLS) SuperDraft. That little time turned into a lot of time, but time full of information. Listen in as Nick takes you through every 1st Overall Pick in SuperDraft history and then reviews the complete list of picks over the last three years.

Based on his analysis, you can see three periods of the SuperDraft: 1) teams searching for talent, 2) teams looking for teenagers to develop, and 3) teams looking for regular starters (not necessarily all-stars). Also, recent history suggest that the best talent is in the first ten picks, otherwise, you hope to develop your drafts picks in your USL affiliate.

Let us know if you agree with Nick’s analysis, and what are your thoughts on your team’s draft selections. Be sure to join the conversation and keep up with our social media:


2019 MLS Playoffs!



The playoffs are here, and the Sons of a Pitch: An American Soccer Podcast has them covered! Tune in for all the action as the MLS is rewarded for their change to a one-and-done playoff format. There were 90+ minutes of exciting soccer in each and every one of the six matches played, and fans in both the Eastern Conference and Western Conference were treated to great atmospheres in the stands and play on the pitch. Home teams won five of the six 1st round games, with the Galaxy winning on the road to set up El Trafico: Playoff Edition.

Our hosts also discuss the headlines from around the American soccer landscape, including:

  • Expansion announcement: Sacramento Republic to become 29th league franchise
  • NWSL Update: Chicago Red Stars to take on North Carolina Courage in finals
  • Philadelphia Union make history with 1st playoff win…DOOP, DOOP, DOOP!
  • Wondo signs a 1yr contract with San Jose Earthquakes

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Indy Eleven, MLS History, Fire Relocate, and League Roundup



Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls! Welcome back to The Sons of a Pitch: An American Soccer Podcast. In this episode our hosts cover topics from the United Soccer League (USL) to Major League Soccer (MLS) to the United States Men’s National Team (USMNT). Enjoy hearing about the Indy Eleven from a fan’s perspective, the rumor mill surrounding Olivier Giroud, and how the Chicago Fire’s relocation to Soldier Field will impact their upcoming season.

Nick and mike then review all the games from Decision Day in their league roundup. Hear about the spectacular goals, the agonizing defeats, and how the results set up the MLS Cup Playoffs. If you enjoy energetic and opinionated soccer talk, or if you enjoy entertaining and informative MLS discussion, then you’ll enjoy The Sons of a Pitch: An American Soccer Podcast.


SOP Soccer goes to Indy



Hello soccer fans! Nick wanted to share with you a few memories from his recent road-trip to Indianapolis to watch the Indy Eleven take on the Memphis 901 FC. He’ll tell you more during the next podcast, and the official recap is online, but here are his quick thoughts:

  1. Indy is a great city, and Lucas Oil Stadium is a great venue.
  2. The Brickyard Battalion supporters group is fantastic.
  3. Indy Eleven played very well – executed their game plan, converted set pieces, and never let up the pressure.
  4. Memphis played a mid-block, but Indy was able to get into the channels and play balls over the top to create chances.
  5. Shout out to the family of Memphis 901 Defender Josh Morton. I got to meet his family, and they were great to talk to.

And we have to mention that Indy is in the middle of a 24 game, home unbeaten streak, dating back to last season. Best of luck to the Indy Eleven and their supporters as the team looks towards the playoffs!

Current home of the Indy Eleven.
A great venue for a great club.
Kick off! Indy Eleven vs. Memphis 901 FC
Nick greets Ilija Ilic post-game.
Nick congratulates Karl Ouimette post-game.

Week 11 Roundup: Zlatan’s Trash Talk, SKC/Revs Shootout, and What’s Wrong with the East?



Welcome back, soccer fans! Thanks for returning to the Sons of a Pitch: An American Soccer Podcast for all your Major League Soccer news. In this episode, the hosts recap Week 11 and all the goals, drama, and story-lines that accompanied it. Tune in for:

  • Houston and Dallas keep taking points
  • LAFC – Seattle rematch not live up to the hype
  • Zlatan’s talking trash and the league is letting him

The hosts also discuss what’s going on in the Eastern Conference. With no team looking like a favorite, the conference is up for grabs. Listen to Nick and Mike break down how:

  • Columbus is slumping, Chicago is under-performing
  • Atlanta is the most talented team, but only on paper
  • DC can’t string together wins
  • Is TFC the favorite? Based on PPG, they sure are

And to round out the discussion, we take a glimpse at the newly formed Canadian Premier League (CPL). With seven teams in Canada’s top flight, Mike discusses the influence of Toronto on the league and the league’s focus on developing young, Canadian talent. Nick is optimistic about the experience coaches, organizations, and owners will get and how they can apply that to the future of soccer in North America.

Finally, the hosts gives some early US Open Cup picks. The US Open Cup gets underway next week, and while MLS teams are favored to win (Mike likes Seattle, Nick likes Houston or Sporting KC), don’t be surprised is USL Championship sides like Louisville City or Saint Louis FC make a run.

 

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Episode 50! SuperDraft Reflections, Chicago Fire Picks, and ATL DPs



Hello soccer fans, and welcome to the Sons of a Pitch: An American Soccer Podcast. Today we mark a milestone in SOP history as we hit 50 episodes! Thanks to our hosts, listeners, followers, and everyone who helps make soccer in America the great sport it is.

In this episode, we had a lot to say about the future of the MLS SuperDraft, and whether it even has a future. Is it worth teams spending time and resources on the draft? Should it be left to USL affiliates, development projects, and academies? Some think so, but Nick believes this uniquely American device has a place in the league and the soccer landscape.

In follow up to last week’s Chicago Fire discussion, Nick breaks down #cf97’s draft picks: $150k in GAM, Amando Reyeno, Ebenezer Ackon, Grant Stoneman, and Mark Forrest. While definitely not immediate 1st-teamers, these are solid picks in their own right. Each excelled in their respective college conferences, and Stoneman’s local roots are worth cheering for. However, the Fire still have yet to make that one significant signing and are leaving fans with a lot to be desired.

In other league news, Atlanta United has a similar problem to the LA Galaxy: 4 DPs and one needs to move. With Almiron, Josef, Barco, and Pity Martinez, one of the players has to be sold or loaned to comply with Major League Soccer’s roster rules. All the speculation is that Almiron will be sold, but so far Atlanta has yet to agree on a price. It remains to be seen how the reigning MLS Cup Champions deal with their roster while preparing their title defense. Meanwhile north of the border, Toronto FC has agreed to sell Victor Vazquez to a club in Qatar for an undisclosed amount. While a vital piece to TFC’s recent success, Vazquez has become injury prone and couldn’t pass up the opportunity to possibly coach overseas at the conclusion of his playing career.

Unfortunately, we didn’t have the time to cover the announcement in Austin and the new career path for standout referee Mark Geiger, but tune-in next week for all the additional coverage. Thanks for listening, thanks for 50 episodes, and thanks for supporting American soccer!


Ep. 28 – FCC Cincinnati: An Introduction



In an effort to educate and inform the soccer loving public, the Sons of a Pitch have put together a brief introduction to Major League Soccer’s newest expansion franchise: FC Cincinnati (“FCC”). FCC will be the 24th team in the current league, and will most likely join the Eastern Conference. Coming off two very respectable years in the United Soccer League (“USL”), FCC found its greatest success as a semi-finalist in 2017’s Lamar Hunt US Open Cup. There, they defeated the Columbus Crew and Chicago Fire before suffering defeat to the Red Bulls of New York. Combining that historic run with regularly selling-out home games, FCC were selected as the next expansion franchise.

Join the hosts as they give a brief overview of the history, management, and roster of FCC. For more in depth reading, see the links below. We intend to keep us with expansion teams more regularly, so let us know if you like the segment and what more we can do to improve your knowledge of the league. In the meantime, welcome again to FCC!

MLS to Cincy
FC Cincinnati
FC Cincinnati Wikipedia
Cincinnati Soccer Talk
SB Nation – USL